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Gel Battery? Best Battery for a bike parked at an airport?

Posted on September 4, 2017 by rabbit
Posted on September 4, 2017 by rabbit (Member Score: 8748)

Hi there,

For ease of travel, I have a bike stored outside at an airport and I use it about every 2 months.
At the moment the bike has a traditional standard lead/acid battery in it.
As the battery is not new, I figure it is only a matter of time before it becomes sulfated and and can no longer be used.
I was therefore considering a GEL battery as a replacement and I am wondering if these would last longer under such conditions?

Thanks for any tips.


Posted on September 5, 2017 by rabbit (Member Score: 8748)

Looking into this some more, it seems that a gel battery is actually just another type of lead acid battery so I don't think it will be any less prone to becoming sulfated up.

I'll keep looking round for another alternative.

Posted on February 4, 2018 by ReDaLeRt (Member Score: 0)

Just disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. Then, you can also replace it with a lithium one because has a lesser self discharge rate.

Posted on February 5, 2018 by rabbit (Member Score: 8748)

That's handy, I hadn't thought of disconnecting the negative terminal to slow the rate of discharge, nice tip. thanks.

i decided against a Lithium Ion battery in the end, as I understand that once they are completely discharged they can no longer be recharged again (that and the price :))

Many Thanks


Posted on March 10, 2019 by dexterbeef (Member Score: 65)

If the bike is stored outside and in a secure location, then one of the cheap little PV panels hooked to the battery will keep the battery in good fettle. I use one on a couple of bikes for longer term storage where I did not have a mains supply. It worked!

Posted on March 10, 2019 by rabbit (Member Score: 8748)

That's very handy to know.

Thanks for the useful suggestion


Posted on October 22, 2019 by anth01 (Member Score: 0)

I've never had that problem with the battery not been able to be charged once flat. and a solar panel is the way to go I've two and they work fine even in low light conditions

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